Today on 5th March India’s Bahujan Samaj has given a call The Bharat Bandh against 10% reservation to economically weaker section and 13-point roaster. Bandh is called by Rihai manch, Samaji Nyay Andolan Bihar and various Bahujan organizations. Social & Human right activist Vidya Bhushan Rawat is describing, Why the Bharat Bandh by the Bahujan communities must be supported.
opinion of Vidya Bhushan Rawat
belonging to Dalits, Adivasis, OBCs Bahujan Samaj have called for a nationwide
bandh against the oppressive and exploitative policies of the current regime.
Right from virtually making the reservation in our academic and other power institutions,
virtually redundant, the attack on forest zones of India to make over 20
million Adivasis as encroachers in their own land, the continuing suicides of
farmers and the persistent favors to the crony capitalists of the government.
We stand in solidarity with all #BharatBandh in hope that political parties will realize that they can’t make fool of India’s Bahujan masses and time has come to give them their due share in power structure.
to side tracks the issue in the din of the ‘Pakistan’ narrative will not work.
We know well this narrative is being floated with those who have least
contribution in our nation making.
Bahujan Samaj is ready to join the armed forces and served the country and the
need is to open doors for them in each sector.
parliament must reflect our Bahujan diversity and our judiciary must have
people from the diverse Bahujan communities otherwise it will be difficult to
get justice. The attempt to use judiciary to legally deny the Bahujan
communities their due must be resisted and opposed. It is the Supreme irony
that judiciary is being used to scuttle the whole process of social justice.
important that the government must develop Indian Judicial Services just like
Civil Services. Judiciary should be empowered with regular training of the
international laws and human rights values to deal with the issue. Special
courts must be formed with time bound framework to deal with the issues of
atrocities on Dalits and Adivasis as well as their land and forest rights
issues which are pending for years. In the absence of representation from our
wider sections of society particularly Dalit Bahujan Adivasis in the judicial
system we can’t expect justice in true sense. Judiciary must reflect the
inclusive system of representation so that its credibility is enhanced.
people have died in this country in the gutter cleaning sewage line and
carrying dirt of the people. The work is ‘reserved’ for one community. This
despicable work has not yet been finished and yet leaders call it give them
‘spiritual’ relief. I am sure if this is where people get ‘moksha’ then those
‘learned’ ‘soul’ must get the moksha first and liberate all others who want to
get rid of this brutal, barbaric tradition. That India’s various communities
engaged in manual scavenging practices need honorable rehabilitation and a
complete ban on the practice of entering manually into these sewage lines or
carrying the human excreta manually. It must go but will not unless the
communities engaged in it are provided a social acceptability as well as
side of the story is that the same tradition gives enormous powers to a
particular community to decide and dictate our lives. India’s powerful temples
are ‘reserved’ for this particular community and none talk against this ‘birth
based’ reservation. Not only in terms of economy but in terms of social
acceptance, this is an absolute monopoly over privileges in our society.
If India is
to feel proud and respect among the comity of civilized nations then India’s
hidden apartheid must end. The caste system, the supremacy of one and contempt
and neglect of the others must end not merely with legal and constitutional
means but from the hearts of the people, from your personal values and social
norms. It will not go with mere legal provisions as their implementation failed
because of the existing caste mindset in our system and prejudices of the
judiciary and media. Equally important is that India need a cultural
Renaissance when the ugly reality of caste discrimination become a past and
every live here in great dignity and honor.
So long as nationalism and globalism are being promoted to strengthen the hegemony of a few castes and individuals, India will never become a powerful nation if we fail to understand that power comes from the unity of people and there can be no unity if India’s Bahujan Samaj is being threatened, dislocated and denied justice. A country cannot flourish if its Bahujan Samaj is in dire need which are not being fulfilled and state apparatus are being used to deny them justice. The Bahujan people will stand up and speak. They have already made their presence felt now. You will not find an Eklavya now as Bahujan students are ready to give a sound rebuff to all the Dronacharyas in the Universities. The Brahmanical tricks will not work now as Ambedkar’s India has woken up and will challenge the power against all forms of discrimination.
Bandh : an assertion of the Bahujan communities
A Bharat Bandh today is an assertion of the Bahujan communities that they won’t accept the denial of justice to them any longer. This is also a message for all political parties as not to take them for granted as the community will not wait for parties to raise the issues and just be a ‘follower’. The bandh call is spontaneous and the common thread is discrimination based on their social location and denial of justice and use of judiciary to scuttle the provisions of reservations and other rights ensured by the constitution for them. Have you seen any country where judiciary is used to deny justice to its indigenous people and those on the margins? It is important for all the justice loving people to support the Bandh call given by India’s Bahujan Samaj.